The laundry room is just off our kitchen is a tiny room packed to the max. I wouldn’t say it was the most functional space — only because it is tight in there — but it houses our washer and dryer, a laundry sink, several cabinets, a toilet and a shower. While it is nice to have a third full bath in the house, with just my husband and I living here, we use the small shower as a closet to hold cleaning supplies instead of an actual shower. In fact, I think I’ve only turned it on once in the whole three and a half years we’ve been here.
This poor laundry room bathroom was the most neglected room in the house — I hadn’t paid it any attention past stuffing a new washer and dryer in there — since the house didn’t come with a set. The floor is obviously not original. I’m guessing the previous owners replaced it because it was in bad shape, because most everything in our house is original, except for the kitchen appliances, a few light fixtures, the wood floor in our living room, bedroom carpet and this laundry room floor. I think the last owners really only replaced something when it was worn out, which works fine for people like me who enjoy the retro charm of a 1962 ranch.
Being the workhorse room that it is, the laundry room bath didn’t get much TLC over the years. In fact, the wall paint was original. I’m sure of this because the walls and ceiling were so dirty and there was no evidence that the room had ever been painted any other color. Not a drip or speck of any other paint anywhere. Since the wall tile is a peachy color with brown salt & pepper flecks, I had a few different options for the wall color. I could paint the walls an orangey shade — but since the wood work and cabinets are very orange, I felt that would simply be too much. I could also have repainted the room the same off-white it was before, just a fresh coat — but that didn’t seem very exciting.
I opted for my third choice — painting the room a complementary color to the tile. The complementary color of peachy yellow tile is purpley blue. How do I know that? Well the complementary color of orange (light orange is peach) is blue and the complementary color of yellow is purple. Mix those together and you get a bluish purple. Ta-da! Since there isn’t a lot of light in the room, I opted for a light purpley blue — Sherwin Williams Mild Blue.
I painted both the walls and ceiling Mild Blue, which really seems to make the peachy tiles pop and look less beige. I’m usually not a fan of purple or blue walls, but this time I like it — and heck — it took me about 2 hours to paint the limited wall space in this tiny room. If I get sick of this color down the road, it won’t take much time or paint to make a change.
Next, I hung up a few pieces of art to make the room feel even more cheery. I made this butterfly woodblock print in art school. It used to be in the kitchen, but it fit well in the laundry room and helps add more color to the space.
It is a watercolor/pen and ink drawing I did in art school for my illustration class senior year. I rediscovered it when pawing through some of my old portfolio pieces after the holidays, and it made me laugh. If you are wondering about the subject matter of the drawing, it was one of those assignments where the professor gives you a random paragraph that you have to do your best to illustrate. During my last trip to Ikea, I picked up an inexpensive frame so I could hang this drawing up, right over the toilet.
While the laundry room spiff-up is not the most exciting transformation, a new coat of paint and some playful wall art make the space feel cleaner, loved and more a part of the rest of our house.